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Ribbon - Australian Repatriation Fund, 4 Jun 1917 Object Reg. No: HT 27666

Summary:
Cream-coloured World War I Australian Repatriation Fund fund-raising ribbon, featuring an image of King George V in red and blue. It is dated 4 June 1917.

The ribbon is likely to have been used in Queensland. The King's Birthday, celebrated on 4 June 1917, became the focus for a range of fund-raising activities in Queensland (at least) in support of the war effort. In Toowoomba, 3000 school children formed a procession, each carrying the flag of an allied nation. They were joined by 40 returned soldiers, the mayor and the Salvation Army Band. About £1000 was expected to be raised (Brisbane Courier, 5 June 1917, p.8). The king's image on the ribbon appeared in the Brisbane Courier, 4 June 1917, p.2, next to the heading 'MONSTER CARNIVAL, EXHIBITION GROUNDS'. In contrast, the Argus reported that Melburnians would be treated to a Victoria Racing Club Birthday Meeting at Flemington on that day (4 June, p.6), with no mention of fund-raising. Two days later the Argus reported on planning for a special race day at Moonee Valley in the future that would support repatriation (6 June, p.6).
Description:
Cream-coloured ribbon, printed in blue and red. The ribbon features an image of King George V (head and shoulders), with a flag on either wise, with inscriptions above and below. Selvage on sides of ribbon; both ends are cut, suggesting the ribbon was taken from a role of the same.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 75 mm (Height), 34 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: defence forces, world war i fundraising
Themes this item is part of: HRH King George V (1865-1936), Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Civilian Life
Tertiary Classification: fundraising
Inscriptions: Printed on ribbon: 'AUSTRALIAN / REPATRIATION / FUND. / TO HONOUR THE KING / AND HELP OUR / HEROES / JUNE 4, 1917.'
Place & Date Used: Queensland, Australia, 4 Jun 1917

Possible place used.
Person Depicted: HM King George V
References: Information on fundraising from Australian War Memorial, http://www.awm.gov.au/findingaids/special/Souvenirs/Appeals.xml

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